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Local galleries show a range of work in August

Is the summer heat getting you down? A good way to escape it and reassure yourself is to visit an air-conditioned gallery and immerse yourself in the art. Here’s a look at what some select local galleries are showing in August.

William Baczek Fine ArtsNorthampton – Works by more than 15 artists are on display this month, primarily oil and acrylic paintings, but also ceramic sculptures as well as abstract prints with hand applied crystals, covering styles ranging from realism to abstraction.

For example, “Miscellaneous XIV,” an oil and acrylic painting by Springfield artist Andrae Green, features a colorful expressionist style that draws inspiration from European masters and Green’s growing-up experience. in Jamaica; he describes his artistic journey as “a bit of Europe, a bit of Africa and a lot in between”.

“Harold the Fake Rabbit” is one of many acrylic on panel paintings by Travis Louie, an artist from Brooklyn, New York, who specializes in eerie portraits referencing Victorian and Edwardian photography, featuring eerie beasts wearing formal clothes. The bunny in this case sports a strange coat and flashes a peace sign.

Pulp GalleryHolyoke – “Emergence: QT/BIPOC Aesthetic Abundance” is another group exhibition that showcases the work of a range of artists from the valley who, according to the exhibition notes, have been invited “to decolonize and disrupt the notion of who can have access to the world of art, who makes himself known.

“The theme of emergence is also a generative invitation to participate in, honor and nurture our own emerging processes of creating BIPOC and building the BIPOC community,” as the exhibit notes say.

The exhibition, which includes a variety of works, was curated by Chelvanaya Gabriel, an artist and activist who also oversees several Hampshire College science department facilities. Additionally, Gabriel also runs the Creative Resilience Project, a community art/performance/dialogue space for BIPOC creatives that sits adjacent to the PULP Gallery.

Participating artists in “Emergence” include Ella Alkiewicz, Julissa Rodriguez, Ebbie Russell, Jason Montgomery, Keyona Jones/Onkey Cosplay and Erika Slocumb.

Gallery A3Amherst – After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, A3 Gallery this month brought back its annual juried exhibition, which will run until August 27. The work of some 41 artists will be on display, work which was selected from 340 images reviewed by the exhibition’s juror, Daniel Kojo Schrade, professor of art at Hampshire College.

The exhibition offers a series of images. In her painting “Connecticut River UFO”, Anne LaPrade Seuthe produced a semi-abstract green landscape of a body of water that mirrors the rounded shapes of nearby trees; a darker line in the background represents low, distant hills, while a little above the water a series of strange, somewhat circular objects trace a line.

Rachel Cyrene Blackman’s stylized “Love Songs” photo, meanwhile, appears to be a close-up of a cassette tape, with a plastic spindle visible to the left, while to its right appear the characters “90 mins.”

Schrade, the juror of the exhibition, studied art in Germany and Spain and has exhibited his paintings and installations in Mexico, Germany, Poland and Indonesia, among other places.

Framing and Gallery Hope & Feathers, Amherst — “Afterimage II,” an exhibition of works by the late Greta Gundersen, has been extended from July to August. Gundersen, a painter and draftsman originally from New York, moved to western Massachusetts in the 1990s; she died in 2017.

“Afterimage II” presents a selection of graphite drawings by Gundersen that focus on identifiable single subjects – bats, nests, bulbs of garlic – but which exist, as the exhibition notes put it, “in a space liminal blur as if emerging from a dream-like visions.She captured the essence of her subjects and gave us delicate images that look like dream visions preserved before fading upon waking.

Oxbow GalleryEasthampton – The Oxbow Galley is also presenting a group exhibition in August, ‘Black and White’, in which members of the collective contribute a variety of work designed to explore the ‘aesthetic implications and possibilities’ of artworks with just two basic colors.

The back space of the gallery features a solo exhibition, “Marking Time,” by Joan Dix Blair, consisting of color prints based on copperplate engraving, painted monotypes, and woodblock monotypes.

There will be an opening reception for these two shows on Friday, August 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., as part of Easthampton’s monthly Artswalk.

Elusie GalleyEasthampton – An exhibition featuring the work of local painters David Brewster, Laura Radwell and Marlene Rye continues this month, as does its unusual layout: any painting purchased can be taken home immediately, after which another painting from the same artist will be featured.

Brewster offers abstract exterior scenes that strive to make sense of what he calls “an increasingly bizarre and incongruous synthetic landscape”: fast food restaurants, shopping malls and “post-industrial detritus”. Radwell, on the other hand, presents oil-based abstract landscapes where light and color are predominant.

Rye, who works with oils and pastels and also does giclée prints, brings a bit of impressionism and pointillism to her colorful landscapes, which are particularly inspired by the forests of western Massachusetts.

Near ECA Gallery in Easthampton, Pamela Acosta’s exhibition ‘Fragmentos de un Naufragio’ (Fragments of a Shipwreck), a collection of colorful paintings and illustrations, also continues from July; the show runs until August 25.

Artists Anchor HouseNorthampton – Anchor House promises ‘wild art’ for August from two new exhibitors to its space, Jules Jones and Dean Nimmer.

Jones, who studied art at Greenfield Community College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is, according to their website, a disabled queer artist who paints and makes artwork/drawings/collages on paper. The artist uses a distinct layering process that incorporates “print media like monotype, lithograph, and serigraphs with pieces of other paintings on paper, each adding a diversity of texture to the paintings’ surface.”

These “mosaic-like pieces” are designed to “challenge the idea that painting and printmaking are separate artistic actions,” Jones writes.

Nimmer, professor emeritus of the Massachusetts College of Art and author of books on abstract art, is an abstract painter who has had more than 200 exhibitions worldwide, according to Anchor House: “Currently, he creates impressive art with his alternate ego. . , Unique Frederique. Never have formalism and intuition clashed more forcefully.

Works by James Brown, John Landino and Charles Miller will also be on display this month at Anchor House.